If you want a heroic effort at encapsulating Irish American history, this is your book.
Anyone interested in the history of Irish America will welcome this book.
(Jay P. Dolan America
For those interested in getting a broad overview of Irish American history, pop culture and sociology... an excellent read.
(Irish America Magazine
The Columbia Guide to Irish American History is a 'must have' for any student, professional or lay person.
(James A. Cox Midwest Book Review
Very well done...an excellent starting point for readers new to the topic.
(Agnes H. Widder American References Books Annual
This book is indispensable for collections on Irish American history and politics... Essential.
A remarkable accomplishment, impressive in both the breadth and depth of its scholarship.
(Bill Mulligan H-Net
Comprehensive in its coverage, and written in a clear and engaging style, this outstanding reference work will be of interest to both the professional scholar and the general reader. In its broad range of topics and the depth of its understanding, The Columbia Guide to Irish American History is an authoritative and indispensable resource for the study of a familiar but little known people who have been at the heart of the American narrative from its colonial inception to the present day.
(David Gerber, University of Buffalo, coeditor of American Immigration and Ethnicity: A Reader
This indispensable guide--comprehensive, yet concise; scholarly, yet lively; erudite, yet accessible--will become the first stop for anyone seeking to learn about Irish America, its history, people, and culture. Tim Meagher has long been one of our most astute and subtle commentators on Irish-American history, and he brings his vast knowledge together in this extraordinary volume. Beginners will find it a delightful and invaluable introduction and specialists will treasure it as an essential reference.
(Roy Rosenzweig, George Mason University, coauthor of The Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American Life
Tim Meagher has done a superb job, picking and choosing wisely among the dense and tangled data and controversies concerning Irish American history, and has produced an indispensable guide and source book for students and scholars of the history of the Irish (both Catholics and Protestants) in America.
(Kerby Miller, University of Missouri, author of Emigrants and Exiles: Ireland and the Irish Exodus to North America
In this often lyrically written book, Timothy Meagher, tackles the big questions in Irish American history. He not only distills contemporary scholarship and points out disagreements between historians; he evaluates their ideas. The result is a work that challenges stereotypes and common assumptions. Readers will appreciate his straightforward descriptions of theories of ethnicity as well as his vivid reconstructions of how real people lived and worked. With its helpful bibliographic material, this is a 'must buy' for those interested in Ireland and the Irish in America.
(Colleen McDannell, Professor of History and Sterling M. McMurrin Professor of Religious Studies, University of Utah)